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Doherty “Right to Shovel” Legislation Approved by Senate Committee

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Legislation Blocks Local Ordinances that Restrict Ability of Kids to Offer Snow Shoveling Services

Legislation sponsored by Senator Mike Doherty (R-23) that blocks municipal ordinances from preventing the ability of kids to offer snow shoveling services within 24 hours of an expected snowstorm was approved by the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee.

Sen. Mike Doherty’s legislation making it clear that kids can offer to shovel snow without permits or municipal approval has been approved by committee. (SenateNJ.com)

“I agree with many who believe it is ridiculous that we need legislation to explicitly state that kids can legally offer to shovel sidewalks and driveways,” said Doherty. “It is a sign of how overbearing government regulation has become that kids risk running afoul of the law for offering to shovel snow.”

The legislation, S-2741, was drafted in response to recent reports of a pair of high school seniors who were stopped by Bound Brook police and told they could not go door to door without a permit to hand out flyers in an attempt to solicit snow shoveling business for a snowstorm the next morning.

Doherty’s legislation states that “no ordinance regulating solicitation for services shall be applicable to solicitations, whether written or oral, for snow shoveling services made within 24 hours of a snowstorm that has been predicted by a commonly recognized commercial or governmental weather reporting entity.”

“Kids who should be learning the value of entrepreneurship and hard work are instead being taught the frustration of dealing with mindless government bureaucracy,” added Doherty. “Our laws should recognize the difference between a professional business and kids trying to earn a few bucks on a day off of school.”

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